Australian Government Department of Health
General practice is the cornerstone of successful primary health care and is critical to ensuring a high-quality, equitable and sustainable health system. This is particularly true in rural areas, where GPs are often required to practice an extended scope of medical care, including areas that, in urban settings, would typically be referred to specialists.
The Australian Government appointed Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner to advise on the development of a National Rural Generalist Pathway (the pathway) – a dedicated training pathway to attract, retain and support rural generalist doctors who provide primary care, emergency medicine and other specialist services in regional, rural and remote areas.
The department engaged AHA to evaluate the pathway. The evaluation aims to assess the short-term (within 2 years) outcomes of the pathway reforms and inform future policy direction. This includes:
The evaluation focuses on 3 core components of the pathway implementation
AHA will develop a monitoring and evaluation framework for the pathway, conduct a literature review, and analyse rural general practice and training data from multiple sources.
We will also use a variety of methods to consult with a range of stakeholders, including:
It is intended that the framework will have long-term utility for the pathway.
For more information, email NRGPevaluation@ahaconsulting.com.au
AHA's framework will have long-term utility for the pathway.